I had started out as an Art/Painting major at another school.  During my freshman year I got a job in graphic design, and I knew that's what I wanted to do...
Melissa Mykal Batalin '06
EMAC gave me a breadth of study which became invaluable to me in my current job at DreamWorks Animation...
Eli Bocek-Rivele '06
The EMAC program taught me some of the necessary software to succeed in the field, along with many new ways of visualizing things and creating new ideas...
Christina Ciani '10
Certain courses taught me to look at everything from different perspectives, and that ... a situation may call for a non-traditional approach...
Kirk Duwel '03
I had the opportunity to work with feature animation right through graduation...
Adam Gaige '07
EMAC gave me an understanding of concepts and theories that I use every day in my career...
Josh Goldenberg '10
The diversity of classes I took while attending RPI as an EMAC student allowed me to discover my ideal career path...
Chris LaPointe '10
The EMAC program definitely prepared me for graduate school because it gave me an excellent foundation for a graphic design career...
Steve Lucin '08
It is unique that we receive a B.S. rather than a B.A. I think this opens a lot more opportunities...
Kimberly Gomboz '09
Being an EMAC major gave me the communication background needed for my job...
Emelie Hegarty '09
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Our EMAC graduates have careers across the spectrum in multimedia design. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a strong background in communication, art, design, music, and technology that prepares them for creative positions in

  • major animation studios
  • video, music, and entertainment industries
  • graphic design and website/mobile design companies
  • advertising and marketing firms

Some graduates start their own companies and do independent consulting. The possibilities are endless!

Below is a list of some of our graduates. Click on their names to see what they're doing now and how EMAC helped them achieve their professional goals.

KimberlyGomboz 09

Freelance Designer; Proposal Analyst, IT Services Government Contractor

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The EMAC program highly prepared me for the job I'm in, even though my position isn't necessarily a position within a normal EMAC scope. One of the main benefits of the program, in comparison to other university graphic design programs, is that RPI's program is technology- focused rather than traditional hand-sketching arts. It is unique that we receive a B.S. rather than a B.A. I think this opens a lot more opportunities; as technology becomes more prominent in society, more high-tech companies will be looking to hire more technology-oriented employees. 

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Professional Experience
While I am doing freelance print graphic design (mostly stationary/invites/business cards), I am employed full-time as a Proposal Analyst for an IT Services Government Contractor company (DMI) in Bethesda, Maryland.  Much of what I do uses the communication part of the EMAC program: proposals are basically persuasion marketing materials. I have rarely done the same thing twice.  I learn something new every single day... more like a lot of new things!


  • Create new organization charts for each of the new proposed teams for the government programs
  • Update and recreate technical process flow charts
  • Conduct research for projects
  • Coordinate meetings and sections of the proposal
  • Create PowerPoint slide decks for contracts over $25 Million
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